Community

With close to 13,000 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people living on the NSW Central Coast, the region has the fastest growing Indigenous community in Australia.

​The traditional owners of the Central Coast are the Darkinyung people. The boundaries of the Darkinjung nation are the Hawkesbury River to the south, the Watagan Mountains to the west and Lake Macquarie to the north.

​This area has over 7,000 registered Aboriginal cultural sites, the largest number in NSW.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people on the Central Coast have complex health needs.

This includes a high prevalence of preventable chronic diseases, such as:

  • Diabetes
  • Heart disease
  • Respiratory disease
  • Kidney disease

​Our community also has a high rate of known health risk factors, including:

  • ​Smoking
  • Drug and alcohol misuse
  • Poor diet
  • Obesity and unhealthy weight
  • Poor oral health

​Yerin Eleanor Duncan Aboriginal Health Service is here to help and support our people to live healthier and happier lives. We provide culturally responsive services to meet the health, spiritual, social and emotional needs of the Central Coast’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community.2016 Aboriginal Health Profile for an overview of the 2016 Aboriginal Health Profile for the Central Coast.

2017-2020 Central Coast Aboriginal Health Plan

Yerin Eleanor Duncan Aboriginal Health Services has worked in collaboration with Central Coast Local Health District and Hunter New England & Central Coast Primary Health Network to produce the 2017-2020 Central Coast Aboriginal Health Plan. Click here to download the plan.

Barang Regional Alliance – Local decision making and Empowered Communities

Our region is both a Local Decision Making (State Government) and an Empowered Communities (Commonwealth Government) region. We are working in a reform process that invests in building a genuine “Pathway to Empowerment” for our community living on Darkinjung country. The Local Decision Making and Empowered Communities movements are about refocusing services and resources towards community to build capability and create more accessible opportunities.

Barang Regional Alliance has been working in partnership with Senior Leaders from NSW Government Agencies under Local Decision Making “LDM” which is an initiative of OCHRE, the NSW Governments community-focused plan for Aboriginal affairs, which is underpinned by the principle of self-determination.

Barang Regional Alliance is made up of six Aboriginal organisations from across the Central Coast: Bara Barang Corporation, Gudjagang Ngara li-dhi Corporation, NAISDA, Ngaimpe Aboriginal corporation – The Glen, Mingaletta Aboriginal Corporation and Yerin Eleanor Duncan Aboriginal.

For more information about Barang Regional Alliance go to: www.barang.org.au

For more information about Empowered Communities go to: www.empoweredcommunties.org.au